Nov 4, 2012 4:00pm PST
for the key state of ohio is mightily close. the numbers, columbus dispatch, final polls, the president leads governor romney 50-48. statistically that's a sky. nbc news and wall street journal poll shows the inside the margin y 6 points. of error. of course, no republican has won the presidency without winning ohio's electoral votes and the columbus dispatch, this marks an 83rd time that the presidential candidates visited ohio this year. and steve brown is live in columbus. the president is a proponent of early voting. >> as of friday 1.6 million oh ohioans one in five registered voters in the buckeye state. early voting continued throughout weekend and that number is this going to grow and in franklin county which includes the city of columbus, folks trying to early vote today were in for a pretty long wait. >> i wanted to try to beat the lines, but we couldn't, but we're in another line here. >> you didn't expect this. no, i didn't. pretty crazy. >> i've been waiting for probably about 45 minutes so not too long. >> reporter: and paper absentee ballots are pouring in and will continue to
Nov 7, 2012 4:00pm PST
of all battlegrounds, welcome back from columbus. 2% of the electorate in ohio are women. 55%. the combination of the diversity obama coalition. you add it up, simple math. as bill clinton said, just a -- >> in that speech. there was another area that was traditionally republican, but it shifted. >> we'll do a little -- turn this up. if you look at this close presidential election, 2004, post presidential elections in american politics won the suburbs. this is the 2000 election. you see bush winning in the denver suburbs. the president wins, the democrats win in downtown. that's senator kerry in that year. but now, 2012. it's blue. in the key swing states, the democrats dominate in the suburbs. back over to ohio and let's make sure, now mitt romney did a good job. he won lake county, which is a trouble spot, but that's a big suburb just outside of cleveland, but look around columbus. sorry. outside of the columbus city where you were in, the president wins in the suburbs. down here in cincinnati and around here, this has to be for the, look at this election. go back to 2004.
Nov 5, 2012 2:00am PST
springsteen holding rallies in madison, wisconsin, columbus, ohio, des moines, iowa. governor romney has been in stanford, florida, lynchberg and fairfax, virginia, columbus, ohio, and manchester, ohio, and it wouldn't be an election without a legal mess in florida. voters reporting lines up to seven hours long at some south florida early polling stations. but at the end of the day, tomorrow, it will all possibly be about ohio. the president holding a slim lead in the buckeye state in the polls. in this exclusive interview with cnn, john boehner of ohio says he believes that his state could just swing red. >> polls don't win the elections, voters do. i've been around ohio. i've done this trip around ohio for a lot of presidential races in the past. and i think ohioans vote with their wallets. that's why i think romney will win on tuesday. >> we're blanketing the battle grounds with our cnn reporters. john berman, of course, following that for us this morning. >> good morning. first up is florida. swing state considered a must win particularly for mitt romney. the most recent polling there has
Nov 5, 2012 8:00am PST
cleveland. will carry perhaps the core of columbus and will carry cincinnati. you have to look at the exurbs to see what happens there. these are places the republican can be counted on to get 60 to 70% of the vote. does the democrat cut into that margin by two or three or four points or not? or use the urban vote come up, city core vote come up three or four points to outweigh that. a couple of places to look interesting. if you go to ohio's earn border, you're talking coal country. as you know governor romney really pushed the coal issue pretty hard. we're talking about some issues like jefferson county ohio, which is where steubenville is, obama won that race by 76 votes i believe last time. watch for that to see if it flips back. i suspect it will go over into the red column or the other end of the state, go to defiance. defiance is republican country. there is general motors plant there though. will the auto bailout pay off there? remember defiance is where governor romney first made his comments about jeep jobs going to china. jon: ohio could be a long night there. what about new hamps
Nov 5, 2012 3:00am PST
of the badgering done in person or over the air waves impacted early voting. here in columbus, the line stretched out of the door and in the parking lot and people waited in line for two hours to cast a ballot. some of the churches loaded up people on buss and drove them to early voting location. and spokesman said this is resulting in a big surge for president obama. and that is why they fought so hard to keep early voting open in the final weekend leading up to the election here in ohio. associated press reported republicans and democrats, democrats lead by six percent. we can show you video of the absentee ballots and republican response to that. spokesman said they anticipated all along that democrats would lead with early voting, however, the lead is not significant as it was in the last election. they say viewer democrats showed up for early vote more republicans showed up. both sides are predicting a narrow margin of victory and lawyered up have observers here in the polling locations. and every vote counts and every vote will be scrutinized. >> steve: thank you for the live report. everyb
Nov 4, 2012 4:00am PST
more than 4 million registered voters including those in columbus and cleveland. the free press says the software was never certified or tested. cnn's don lemon spoke to husted last night and gave him a chance to respond. >> we have a new system, all we have to do is load the data into the election reporting system. and actually it's so -- it's so -- the reporting system and the actual counting system are not connected in any way, and the results that anybody can get in their home on the computer, they're going to get them the same time i do. we have a very transparent system that's brand new and will help people across this country and across the world frankly look right at our website with what's going on. >> so nothing fishy going on. >> nothing fishing going on. >>> 1.6 million early votes have been cast in ohio. that tops it in 2008. early voting continues through monday. a programming note, be sure to joan anderson cooper and wolf blitzer as they take a close like at the candidates' final push in the american election in the 2012 "countdown to election day" at 8:00 p.m. eastern
Nov 5, 2012 3:00pm PST
in shouting distance in the state capital. chief political correspondent begins our coverage from columbus. >> romney hit four states, tossup in the poll and the map to 270 electoral votes. >> we could begin better tomorrow, tomorrow and with the help of people in florida that will happen. >> first stop, florida, with shot at the president to shore up lead that dwindled. >> cared more about the liberal agenda than repairing the economy. did obamacare create new jobs? >> no! >> latinos are big in florida. and nationwide romney hoped to poll in 30s. he's been in 20s for months. first of two stops in virginia, lynchburg. >> get everyone we know out to vote tuesday. every voter get out. >> then fairfax to fortify the narrow essential in polls. to continue his potent contrast of the remark by the president when the supporters booed the mere mention of romney. >> no, no, no. don't boo. vote. vote. voting is the best revenge. >> president obama asked the supports to vote for revenge. >> i ask the american people to vote for love of country. >> then romney who taped a halftime message for tonight'
Nov 6, 2012 1:00am PST
in ohio yesterday. they were in columbus. mitt romney made stops in columbus. we expect mitt romney will be at the airport around 11:30 today. joe biden expected to at 11:00. rural areas oare republican. that's why ohio is a swing state. >> live for us in cleveland. thank you. >> thank you patti ann. >> ohio/new hampshire. new hampshire is a dead heat ohio is close. there is intensities with romney and republicans will be counted in the polls anyway. if romney does that he wins. colorado is a dead heat and wisconsin has been republican for the last two years through the mid term elections and three recalls. they have the favorite son paul ryan. finally obama doesn't win the state. >> got all that? what can we expect tonight out of the crucial battle ground state. fox news contributor advisor of co host campaign insiders is with me every weekend. >>> ohio we heard the reporters say does it all come down to ohio? >> i think the simplest way for governor romney to win is to win ohio. by contrast for president obama with charles krauthammer is for governor romney to win ohio from presid
Nov 1, 2012 3:00pm PDT
, north carolina. joe hallett of the columbus dispatch in ohio. from milwaukee, wisconsin, craig gilbert, washington bureau chief for "milwaukee journal sentinel." thank you for being here. start going around the horn. first to you, rob. in north carolina. the real clear politics average of polls down there, this is the average of five latest polls. mitt romney is up 49.8% to 46%. this is a lot closer than actually many republicans thought it would be at this point. >> well, north carolina is a curious battleground state. we don't have the presidential candidates here. president obama has not been here since the convention in charlotte. governor romney was here once when he met with reverend billy graham. the republicans had hoped to put this state out of play by the summer. that hasn't happened. governor romney does have a small lean here but it's within the margin of error, the most recent, the most recent polls. even without the candidates this has been, there has been a lot going on here. $70 million of tv ads spent here. there is a heavy, heavy ground game here, including hundreds o
Nov 7, 2012 6:00am PST
cleveland. tend to do well in the middle part of the street, franklin county, that is columbus. in the southwestern part of the state this will be a surprise to the republican party not only in hamilton county, cincinnati but also a republican party across the state. this is the county that they wanted to make blue and make it red again. had not been blue until 1964, it was reliably republican territory. but you lose votes down here when you don't win the county. the other area i want to point out is these are strong republican areas up in warren county. mitt romney did really well, 69% of the vote in that county alone. go back to 2004. you want to see what you need to win that state now? if president bush was at 72%. in a close race like this 2 and 3 points in counties like that can make the difference. mike tobin is live in columbus yet again this morning. mike, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, bill. if you want to look for a cause you can boil it down or simplify it to two words, auto bailout. and to back that up let's look at some of what we got from the exit poll.
Nov 4, 2012 9:00pm PST
ohio voters had 24 hours to early vote in total. in franklin county where columbus is. and 18 1/2 in cuyahoga county where cleveland is. this year a total of 16 hours over those three days. fewer hours of early voting is how you get lines that look like this. in places like columbus and cleveland and akron. it's an impediment to voting, and it is on purpose. here's another one not on purpose. "the new york times" reporting today, quote, in ohio the crucial democratic strong hold of cuyohoga county which includes cleveland had more people vote early every day this year than in 2008, until monday. what happened monday? hurricane sandy. the day of the storm when the daily tally began to lag from its levels of four years ago. so barriers to voting this year are in some cases acts of god. like big, bad weather events. sometimes they are also acts of man. like republican state election officials working to make voting more difficult and less available. in either case, ohio hangs in the balance, as does the election. joining us now is steve kornacki. he's co-host of msnbc's "the cycle"
Nov 5, 2012 6:00am PST
. columbus, ohio, this afternoon. he ends his campaign in des moines, iowa, tonight where he gets joined by the first lady. mitt romney's final day also is about the narrow path he's trying to get to 270. it's florida, then virginia and new hampshire, states he needs along with either ohio and pennsylvania to get to that magic number of 270. the two campaigns both believe the fundamentals are in place for victory. >> for governor romney to win states like ohio, iowa, north carolina, he's going to have to carry election day by a huge mar margin. >> there's an intensity factor on the side of the republicans. there's a significant gap. we see it on the ground. we see it when people are knocking on the doors. >> both men are laying out their closing arguments. the final rallies in 2008 drew crowds of 60,000 and 80,000. last night in aurora, colorado, it was 20,000 supporters who heard the president argue this election is ultimately about character. >> part of a presidential race is about policy. but part of it's about trust. you may be frustrated sometimes by the pace of change. guess what?
Nov 6, 2012 2:00am PST
in ohio. i want to show you three parts in particular, suburbs of cleveland, columbus and cincinnati. a lot of attention on these spots. let's go in here to lake county. lake county. 2% of the population, the president personally spending time here. why? in 2004, this went to bush. this is territory the president got and he's trying to hold on to. 2008, the president had a slim margin here in lake county. he's definitely trying to hold on to that. columbus, both candidates interested in keeping ahold of this territory. it's 9% of the population. and you come down here to hamilton county, 7%, both candidates spending a lot of time around cincinnati. again, back in 2004, this was bush territory. the president taking that last time around, trying to defend this territory. that's why spare spending so much time personally in ohio. >> hopefully for them the math works. if you camp out you can keep those votes you had last time around. >> that's right. >>> other stories making news, zoraida has those stories. >>> coastal communities are sitting in the path of nor'easter. 1.2 million people
Nov 6, 2012 8:00am PST
out. in his last campaign event, the rally in ohio yesterday in columbus he appealed to people to get out to the polls themselves and find five other people to get out to the polls. he drew sharp contrast between his vision of america's future and the president's. >> he says it has to be this way. i say it can't stay this way. he's covering excuses. i'm offering a plan. [cheers and applause] >> i can't wait to get started. he's hoping we'll settle. but americans don't settle. we build, we aspire, we grow, we can do better, a better job, a better life for our kids, a bigger, better country. [cheers and applause] >> one group to pay attention to in ohio evangelical voters. 375,000 of them stayed home. there has been a massive operation to get gels ou evangelicals out to the polls. what everything-heard the enthusiasm among that group is up. compare 2012 to 2006 a romney adviser told me in 2006 in the off year elections in the congressional elections that they were out looking for voters and they said, yeah we're find -lg them, there just aren't that many of them. contrast that with this
Nov 6, 2012 3:30pm PST
pulling into this columbus, ohio, hangar and soon after we were all back on the plane. we're headed to new hampshire. headed to new hampshire where his candidacy began for a rally lasting past midnight. >> this is where our campaign began. you got it started a year and a half ago. >> reporter: we were standing right there as he worked his last rope line as a candidate but now to us for that giant bear hug. if anyone is revealing the rigors, it is ann overcome last night by the support. >> i'm so moved. so emotional to have this kind of reception from ohio, a state that is going to make the next president of the united states. [ cheers ] >> reporter: in the final hours romney is sticking to his playbook. >> it's all coming together today. >> reporter: all about the economy, pushing his vision of lower taxes and working on his ipad on tonight's speech and one more stop, pennsylvania, once considered a long shot now they believe within reach and unexpected moment in pittsburgh, a parking garage filled with supporters. the governor with his hand to his heart and a wave telling abc news afterwa
Nov 5, 2012 5:30pm PST
, jan, where are you now? >> reporter: well, scott we're here at columbus,, ohio. over the weekend i was talking with one of his senior advisors and i said "what do you have planned in these final days?" hd he had a one-word answer and e said "praying." he laughed and said it with a smile but it reflected the underlying tension and uncertain aiy a race that could not be any closer. >> if you believe we can do better and if you believe america should be on a better course and if you're tired of being tired then i ask you to vote and work for real change. h theporter: with the campaign in its final hours, romney's hitting four tossup states today fter a weekend of crisscrossing ountrountry as he tries to close t ththe race with the win. >> this is much more than our moment, it's america's moment of s momen and purpose and optimism and we've journeyed far and wide greats great campaign for ica'sca's future and now we're almost home. one final push is going to get us there. >> reporter: romney is still expressing confidence, but in thio yesterday he acknowledged ngth a touch of humor th
Nov 6, 2012 2:00am PST
. ♪ ♪ ♪ >>> bruce springsteen performing at an obama campaign event last night in columbus, ohio. speaking of the boss in home state of new jersey, officials are making sure that voters can cast their ballots despite the devastation from hurricane sandy. voters whose polling places were flooded were busy filling out forms yesterday to cast provisional ballots. in florida and other key battleground states, there are reports of robo calls incorrectly telling voters they can cast ballots over the telephone. during halftime of monday night football, espn's chris berman interviewed both president obama and governor romney. he asked mr. obama what he's learned about himself and then ask mitt romney what he asked about himself and then to mr. obama, he likened politics to o sports. let's begin with mr. romney. >> this campaign process goes on a couple of years, lots of flights, lots of trips and what i found that surprised me is the more events i did, the more energy i seemed to get. >> in sports, it's about winning championships. interesting, in politics, it's not winning elections. it's making
Nov 8, 2012 6:30pm EST
to recover from battleground fatigue. john yang, columbus, ohio. >> i am with her, let's just have a little bit of a breather. that is our broadcast tonight, thank you, i'm brian williams, we hope to see you for "rock center," and then back here for tomorrow evening. good night.
Nov 6, 2012 7:00am PST
18 electoral votes. we'll go to columbus as voters hit the polls. >> and former party chairman haley barbour of mississippi and hour dean add their insights and analysis of what to look for as the day unfolds. after >> your realtime captioner: linda marie macdonald >>> good morning, everyone. 7:26 your time. i'm frank mallicoat. the polls are open right here in california for today's presidential election. cbs 5 reporter elissa harrington at san francisco's city hall with election details. >> reporter: good morning. polls opened at 7 a.m. and they will stay open until 8:00 tonight. we are outside san francisco city hall where 10 people have already dropped off their ballots this morning. now, before you vote here are a few things to keep in mind today. if you are a first time voter, you may need a photo i.d. or utility bill with name and address. if you have a vote by mail ballot, do not mail it. it will not get to an elections office in time. so instead, bring that ballot to a voting place if you want your vote to count. in san francisco, e
Nov 3, 2012 7:00am PDT
in the mythical stories that we tell ourselves. they are myths that begin with in 1492, columbus sailed the ocean blue and tell how the pilgrims and indians gave thanks for a bountiful harvest over a turkey dinner but none of the lessons prepare students to deal with the duty which they will be charged with as american adults, how to become responsible citizens. joining my panel is seth andrew, founder and superintendent of democracy prep, public schools. i want to move our conversation a little bit. this close to the election, what i want to talk about as a teacher is not just what's going to happen in this election but what's going to happen going forward. when i was looking at these tests of national civic knowledge, i was completely freaked out. may of 2011, fewer than 5% are demonstrating advanced levels of knowledge. what kind of social studies are we teaching? >> we have a crisis when we think of the actual knowledge of our o our electorate. we have kids that get out of school and they can't determine truth from lies. we have to rethink civic education in america in a dramatic way. we thin
Nov 6, 2012 3:00am PST
right now. governor romney really has to rack up the count on his side of things. yesterday in columbus urging his supporters at a rally to get out there and get everyone they can get to the polls. here he is. >> some of you have been successful in convincing your neighbors to vote for paul ryan and me and i thank you for that. now let's make sure that everyone we know gets out to vote on times you're here because you care about america. this campaign is about america and about the future that we're going to leave to our children. we thank you and we ask to you stay at it all the way until victory on tuesday night is clear. >> for governor romney today will be all about two things. how the independents break and what kind enthusiasm there is out there for conservatives to get to the polls. i thought mike huckabee said something interesting this weekend when he said in terms of conservative enthusiasm in this country look back on the chick-fil-a controversy, who thought that so many people would line up around the block for a chicken sandwich? imagine what they'll do when it comes to vot
Nov 4, 2012 3:00am PST
, and we start with mike tobin in columbus, ohio, many still say voters there, mike, will decide of course, who actually wins this election and how it comes back to ohio. >> right. >> certainly does, that's why you have the candidates making the mad final dash in the buckeye state and both of them and the first lady made appearances yesterday. the obama campaign goes into the home stretch enjoying a significant lead in early voting returns, but the romney campaign says it's not as significant as the lead he held over john mccain in this same time frame. they believe they can make up the difference on election day, so, you have both sides going into the home stretch here extremely energized, the ground game, microtargeting of voters, personal contact is unlike anything you've seen in previous campaigns, we caught up with the group, americans for prosperity as they were mobilizing en masse and heading out into the neighborhoods. generally what you see with all of these door knock efforts is a mobilization of the base is the get out the vote effort. what americans for prosperity were doing, t
Nov 2, 2012 11:00am PDT
now headed to republican territory in that state. the stop is in lima outside of columbus. his third event of the day in a county that senator john mccain won in 2008 with 60% of the vote. kristen welker is traveling with the president. she joins us now. as i mentioned, lima, 60% of that vote went to john mccain. is the president tailoring his message different than what we heard today, kristen? >> reporter: good afternoon, tamron. i think we will hear a similar message in lima we heard during the president's first two stops today. he's talking about the fact he had improvements and the latest unemployment report to make that argument, but he's really focusing on the auto bailout, the auto industry specifically slamming mitt romney for his recent claims that jeep is shipping jobs to china. the president said the companies themselves have told governor romney to knock it off. it's worth noting that papers in this area have come out and said that those claims are false. the romney campaign continues to stand by their ad that says the auto bailout will lead it to shipping jobs overseas.
Nov 4, 2012 1:00pm PST
voters in the crucial battleground states shows a slight edge for president obama. in ohio, a "columbus dispatch" poll has president obama at 50% and mitt romney at 48%. in pennsylvania, a ppp poll has president obama at 52% and mitt romney at 46%. in wisconsin, president obama at 51% and mitt romney at 48%. in iowa, president obama at 47% and mitt romney at 42%. as of this afternoon, nate silver of "the new york times" 538 blog forecasts on november 6, president obama has an 85% chance of re-election and president obama will win 307 electoral votes and mitt romney 231. earlier today, chris matthews sat down for an exclusive with vice president joe biden. >> what do you think is going to happen? >> i think we're going to win. i don't think it's going to be close in the electoral college. i think we're going to win clearly and i think we're going to win this state, ohio. i've been in here 23, 24 days, we're going to win iowa, wisconsin, nevada, new hampshire. i think we've got an even chance of winning virginia and florida. so it could be a big win. don't just vote. bring your mom, your